Both parents of a child are legally obligated to provide financial support for their child, whether they live together or not. Who pays what to who is largely dependent on the particulars of your child custody agreement, but there is a litany of factors that contribute to these court-ordered payments. This aspect of divorce cases can be fraught with emotion, which is why you owe it to yourself to retain an aggressive and experienced attorney who can confidently advocate for your needs and wishes.
We help clients in all child support matters, whether it is a component of a divorce, a dispute between two custodial parents, or if circumstances have changed and a support agreement amendment is needed.
How is Child Support Calculated?
Each state determines how much each parent must contribute to their child-rearing costs. In Georgia, support is based on an income-sharing model, which calculates both parents’ total income, as opposed to just the noncustodial parent’s income. The judge will use this information to determine how much each parent can feasibly afford to put towards childcare expenses.
Everyone Must Pay Child Support
All parents must care for their children financially, even in Georgia’s income-sharing system. If your child’s other parent is collecting unemployment or other government assistance, he or she will be required to put at least some of that money aside for child support payments. If you are not receiving the child support payments to which your former partner is beholden, we can help you take legal action.